High Performance Exterior Surface Coating, In Detail
MotorOne’s range of high performance car care has been developed using the latest global technology and further enhanced to provide the best possible protection in our harsh Australian environment. Our exterior Surface Coating contains the powerful UV inhibitor Titanium Dioxide. And because we engineer our coatings using nanotechnology, the result is outstanding gloss and shine, superior coverage and smoother easy-to-clean surfaces.
Because it is reactive to UV, the coating helps break down dirt and contaminants, and resists oils and road grime making it easier to clean. What is truly remarkable is that water sheets off the surface, taking with it dirt and contaminants. This triple-action cleansing process means your car is easier to clean, and you save time, money and water with less frequent washing.
Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) is used in our exterior Surface Coating and provides exceptional protection against UV induced discolouration, fading and oxidisation. Titanium Dioxide is used extensively in sunscreens, high quality paints and also used as a brightening agent in many household products.
MotorOne Performance Coatings have harnessed the latest global technology to produce a range of surface coatings for both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Nanotechnology is technological engineering that deals with the study of molecular and atomic particles. In simple terms, ‘nano’ defines a measurement - much like we measure distance. A kilometre is 1000 metres – a nano is one billionth of a metre! When coatings are produced using nanotechnology it simply means the coating ingredient/s are broken into particles that are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye. To put this into context, the width of the average human hair is a hundred-thousandth of a metre! Imagine technology that produces particles 100 times smaller than the width of a hair! In many ways, the human body also functions on a nano-scale – think about the process of hemoglobin (a protein molecule found in red blood cells) which transports oxygen throughout the bloodstream.
The advantage of using nanotechnology in the production of surface coatings is that the smaller the particle, the better the coverage, the smoother the surface and the stronger the bond. Imagine a surface covered with tennis balls, as opposed to the same surface covered with sand – the sand would cover the surface far more effectively because the smaller particles leave less ‘gaps’ where they join or are arranged on the surface. When the coating is applied to the surface of the vehicle, these nano-sized particles go through a process of ‘organisation’.
Self Cleaning Properties:
Scientists used nature as a means to learn more about both nanotechnology and self-cleaning properties. The lotus – a type of water lily native to Asia, helped scientists understand the process of self-cleaning. The lotus leaf has micro-scale bumps, and nano-scale hair-like structures. As these tiny structures move, when a raindrop falls onto the leaf, only 2 – 3% of the raindrop actually comes into contact with the leaf. What they found was that despite the lily often being found in contaminated water, the plant was able to remain incredibly clean – it’s ability to ‘self-clean’ through the movement and angle of these tiny hair-like structures helped scientists replicate this technology for use in a wide range of applications. This amazing technology has been embraced globally (it is known as ‘The Lotus Effect’). in particular it is used in the glass and glazing industry where self-cleaning technology is widely used to coat glass, particularly for commercial applications. This significantly reduces maintenance costs and keeps the glass looking good for much longer than glass that has not had a coating applied. Medical applications include coatings for surgical instruments and operating equipment which reduces the potential for cross contamination from post-operative infection. It's also used in commercial catering - the coatings are often applied to work benches to reduce the potential for mould and mildew.
MotorOne Surface Coating works in a similar way. The nano-sized particles of Titanium Dioxide react (or move) in the presence of UV light and vapour. Because the particles move it reduces the ability for air and water-borne contaminants to adhere to the painted surface (similar to the lotus). Titanium Dioxide is highly efficient at photocatalysing dirt in sunlight – i.e it actually breaks down organic matter present on the surface. As the surface also becomes ‘super hydrophobic’ it causes water to sheet off the surface, taking with it dirt, dust and other contaminants. This self-cleaning action significantly reduces cleaning and maintenance, and because the substances do not adhere readily to the painted surface, protects against damaging environmental contaminants.
Self-cleaning properties do not eliminate the need to wash the vehicle, but significantly reduce cleaning – saving time, energy, money and water.